I went sketching in Notting Hill with some friends. We’d read on Facebook about an event organised by the group Urban Sketchers: they go sketching out and about, then meet up at the pub and have a look at each other’s pictures. It was fun and everyone I spoke to was nice and friendly.
Portobello Road market was heaving with Saturday shoppers, but every patch of shade seemed to contain a row of two or three artists busily sketching. “Everywhere you look, people are drawing, it’s like heaven!” said my friend Tanya, happily.
It was so hot and I hoped that drawing in blue crayon would make me feel cool!
Portobello Green. This was my first go with waterpens, the kind that have a brush and a little reservoir of water. There’s less control than you get with paintbrushes, but it was handy not to worry about spilling a pot of water.
I haven’t been out observational sketching for ages (I’ve been brainstorming picture book characters) but this made me resolve to get out more often. The next day I went drawing around where I live.
I want to experiment with sketching in coloured pencils, I’ve learned a lot about handling colour with watercolour and I’m trying to apply some of those lessons in a different medium. You’re quite limited by what pencil colours you happen to have with you, and I need to work more on conveying light and shadow… But it was an interesting challenge, and pencil lines are a nice way to capture swirling wind and swishing trees.